The ruins of Miseog’s Home
Peggy Boyle known as Miseog, was a prophetess who lived in the townland of Ballymanus, a couple of miles from my home here in County Donegal.
Miseog, a native Irish speaker, was born in 1816 and married Paddy Harley, who made several trips to work in the coal mines of Pennsylvania. In those days a passage was available by boat, and passengers could board from nearby Gola Island. The island is seen near the end of this video filmed from the ruins of their home.
Her brother Manus was one of the first pioneers to travel to California in 1868, settling in San Fransisco.
The ruins of her brother Sean’s house
Miseog died around 1898/9 and is believed to be buried in the cemetery in the village of Kincasslagh.
She made many predictions that were passed on by word of mouth. One of her most notable being:
“One day large white birds would come down from the sky at the “Tra Ban” (white beach) and carry people away”
Donegal Airport is now sited alongside the Tra Ban of Miseog’s prophecy!
The following video shows local historian Seimidh O’Dubhthaigh standing in the runs of Miseog’s home, with Donegal Airport and the Tra Ban in the background.
Donegal Airport was voted the second most scenic airport in the world by PrivateFly in 2017.
I apologise for the poor sound quality of the video but it was a rather windy day…
Seimidh was sharing the story of Miseog’s prediction of the airport, and the large white birds.
Seimidh facilitates historical research and tours in the Rosses area of Donegal. He also produces full family histories or ancestral trees, guided tours or virtual tours of ancestral homes, and is a panellist for Ireland’s Heritage in Schools scheme. You can read more about his research on http://www.donegalheritage.com
On a more tragic note Miseog predicted ” A great ball of fire would fall on Portabhoige, and many lives would be lost.”
Sadly, on 10 May 1943 at 9.50 pm, nineteen young men lost their lives when a mine exploded on rocks in Portabhoige. The dead included my father’s brother Eddie.
Dad and his brother Francie had been amongst the onlookers as the mine approached the shore. Thankfully, they had both started walking homewards when the mine exploded.
Such a terrible tragedy.
The Coming of The Railway
It is also believed that Miseog said ” The Much Dhubh (Black Pig) will come from the east with flames of fire coming from its nostrils, and make it its way westward until stopped by the sea.”
The first train made its way to Burtonport, a village on the edge of the Atlantic on 9 March 1903.
Miseog also said that there would be “no difference between summers and winters,” – so very true!
“Beidh Caisleain Os Coinn na Tra agus beidh conai don strainseir ann” translating as
“There will be a castle above the strand as a place for strangers.”
A beautiful hotel now stands in the village of Annagry, called Caisleain Oir or ” Golden Castle.” https://facebook.com/cohotel/
Miseog’s daughter Beiti gave birth to a son Jimmy, who eventually became a father to Mary and Teresa Ward, the visionaries mentioned in my previous post The Rock
Brigid P. Gallagher
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